Stendel issues rallying cry before busy period for Barnsley FC

Daniel Stendel, Barnsley FC’s German manager, has called on his team to show “power” and a winning mentality ahead of this weekend’s away game against Wycombe.

“I think all games this month are really important, as well as this game,” he said.

“We have seven games this month and we need points. We don’t need the best performance game, but we need the points, and that’s what I expect from my players.”

Barnsley come into the game at fifth in the League One table, having won three out of the last five games, and Stendel is looking for his team to improve their defensive performances, after conceding nine in the last three matches.

He said: “I think we started this season wanting to change our defending and my impression was that most of the goals [we conceded] were in one-one one situations.

“We said we want to defend with overloads on the ball and when one player loses it, the second player recovers.”

Keith O’Moore has scored eight goals in 11 away from home, and Stendel believes his team will always have opportunities to hit the back of the net.

However, he has asked his players to share the scoring burden. He said: “On the wing we have players who can score every game.

“It’s the best situation for me and for us, and the worst situation for other teams. If they know that the goals are only coming from Keith O’Moore it is too easy to defend.”

Wycome have seen a recent upturn in form, rising from the relegation zone to a top 10 position in the league.

On Saturday, cult striker Adebayo Akinfenwa may return from injury, but Stendel refuses to focus his teams efforts on the FIFA Ultimate Team favourite.

“He’s a good player, but this is not the best player in the league,” he said.

“We are prepared for him and Wycombe, but in the end we look only at our game, our strength, and this is important for me.”

Barnsely have seven fixtures this month against teams in the top half of the League One table, and they are aiming to reduce the gap with the top through a series of good performances.

Strendel has stressed the need to find consistency in the busy period, but he also praised the team’s attacking performance in previous games.

He said: “I like it when we play in front and play with a lot of power. When you want to play at the top of the league, you also need a bit of experience, but we can collect experience – the power we [already] have.”